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Goel vows to work 24/7 as Sports Minister

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, July 6: He does not have a roadmap ready with him just yet but newly-appointed Sports Minister Vijay Goel today asserted that he will work round the clock with an aim to take sports to every nook and corner of the country.

Goel, who was also Sports Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA government, also promised to do something new in the department with a fresh vision.

�It is a matter of pride that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen me for this responsibility. I am confident we would be able to do something new. I am also happy to take charge with the Rio Olympics round the corner. It is our biggest ever contingent with 105 athletes. Hopefully they will do well,� said Goel after taking over charge from predecessor Jitendra Singh.

Asked about his plans and vision for the Ministry, Goel said he would first want to take stock of the department.

�I have just taken charge. It is difficult to list out my vision and priorities. Give me some time and I will speak about it. All I can I say is that I will work 24x7 for sports, because sports is very close to my heart. I still play tennis and understand the issues faced in Indian sports. I also understand by limitations.

�I also want to appeal to youth that they should play sports regularly. With education, sports is equally important. I myself self have been a sportsperson and have played kho kho and basketball. With my past experience in Atal ji�s government, I hope I can contribute to doing something new in the department,� said Goel.

It was during his tenure that Delhi won the bid to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Goel said he would want to see India host another big multi-sporting event. � PTI

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